Srila Govinda Maharaj safely and happily returned to Kolkata, thus successfully completing his 23rd World Tour during which he nourished countless fortunate souls around the globe.
On this tour His Divine Grace has visited Thailand, Russia, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, and England. Pictures, video and reports from this tour are linked from our current What's New page and from previous What Was New pages from August 2007 onwards.
Srila Gurudev stayed in England at the Sr Chaitanya Saraswat Math in East London. Devotees gathered daily, and spread their enthusiasm through regular nagar-sankirttan and meetings.
In USA Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj stayed for over three weeks in California and visited our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashrams in Soquel and San Jose. Many eager souls received connection with His Divine Grace, with Srila Gurudev giving initiations on several occasions.
In Mexico Srila Govinda Maharaj installed the Deities of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Nandanandana at the Veracruz Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math and blessed the devotees in many ways by his holy presence.
During Srila Gurudev's stay in Venezuela Srila Govinda Maharaj gave classes regularly and inspired the devotees in huge sankirttan. Reports, pictures and video from the visit are posted on the Venezuelan's website, paramakaruna.org.ve.
In Italy devotees greeted His Divine Grace from all over Europe with some flying in from as far away as North and South America.
In St. Petersburg Srila Govinda Maharaj regularly met with devotees and went on several outings with the devotees. Tour pictures and reports are linked from our What's New page.
Before going to Russia, Srila Govinda Maharaj visited Thailand for the first time and His Divine Grace received a warm welcome by devotees from Thailand, Russia, China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Venezuela. Sripad B.S. Goswami Maharaj wrote: "Srila Govinda Maharaj is a devotional magnet, even he was surprised at the turnout."
Tour Itinerary. His Divine Grace was invited by countless devotees to visit all corners of the world. He selected to try to accept the invitations of Thailand (Bangkok),
Russia (St. Petersburg), Italy (Milan), Venezuela (Caracas), Mexico (Veracruz), USA (California) and UK (London). Srila Govinda Maharaj repeatedly pointed out that he is going on a "meeting the devotees tour" and "especially those who cannot come to India."
Seeing Srila Gurudev's delicate health, it was realistic that Srila Gurudev's tour itinerary could change at any time. However, helped by the prayers of the devotees, Srila Govinda Maharaj successfully visited all places on his itinerary.